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Handstand By Handstand Sr. Editor - Mary on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Meet Heather Adair!  Heather will be exploring allllll the new healthy & fit things of 2018 in her new blog segment #AdairYou!  Whether it’s Cryotherapy, or Goat Yoga, Heather will stop at nothing to bring you the latest & greatest in trending fitness. Stay tuned for more to come!  Let’s get started…


Editor:   Heather, thanks for taking the time to share with all of us here in the Handstand & Fitness community!  We’re so excited to get to know more about you!  You serve as Head of Trainer Onboarding at Handstand; How were you first introduced to the company/app?

Heather:  I worked with one of our fearless leaders, Carly at another workout studio, and she gave me a ring when they were looking for someone to help with onboarding amazing trainers for Handstand!



Editor:   Where were you born and raised?

Heather:  Albany, New York



Editor:   What sports or physical activities are you currently involved in?

Heather:  I teach spin classes and Pilates on the reformer. I love hiking and both group and one on one fitness (hello Handstand trainers!) I definitely need someone telling me what to do or I wouldn’t accomplish a THING 🙂




Editor:   Do you engage in any type of a spiritual practice to help you balance mind, body & soul (i.e. meditation, visualization, affirmations, gratitude journaling, etc.)?

Heather:  I see a therapist twice a month, and for me, I have found that that has been what’s most helpful to download and process my thoughts and feelings. I’ve tried journaling, meditating, and reading a few self-help books– and I’m sure that I could always incorporate more of that into my life, but talking it out with an unbiased therapist has been what has worked best. It has been tremendous for me in terms of getting to know myself better and personal growth in my relationships.




Editor:   How do you handle disappointment?

Heather:  It can be quite difficult when you’re going through anything disappointing, but I try to acknowledge the feelings and I do my best to understand and accept that something has happened that I am not completely happy with—and then after that I can hopefully start to really process those feelings,  assess what role I played in whatever happened, and hopefully learn from it. It always helps to unload on a trusted friend as well.




Editor:   What does balance mean to you, and how do you achieve it?

Heather:  Balance is something that has always been extremely important for me to achieve. It is a feeling or state it seems I am always chasing after. For example, I try to eat as healthy as I can, but then not beat myself up too much if I decide to have dessert or couple drinks. I love to workout and feel the benefits physically and mentally from getting my body moving—but I love to relax at home as well. I work hard, but I treat myself as well to things that make me happy whether it be a light bite with friends, a massage, or getting my nails done.




Editor:   Who currently inspires you, & why?

Heather:  Oh gosh. Hillary Clinton? Cancer fighters and survivors. Anyone who is fighting health issues and must deal with that on top of the other stresses life can throw our way. People who rescue and foster dogs. Anyone that donates their time to those less fortunate. I guess I am being broad by not picking anyone specifically, but these are the types of people I look up to and am inspired to do better by.




Editor:   If you had a magic wand & could change ONE thing in the whole world, what would it be?

Heather:  Healthcare for all (animals too!)




Editor:  What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Heather:  It’s not so much advice per se, but I’ll never forget when my mother told me “this too shall pass” —and it always does.




Editor:   What does self-care mean to you, & how do you indulge & recharge after a long day, or week?

Heather:  For me, self-care means taking time for myself to do the things that make me happy.  Spending time with my dogs, relaxing at home and working out are just a few ways.  After a long day or long week, I love those mornings when I don’t necessarily have to set an alarm and can sleep in just a tiny bit and relax with a cup of coffee on the couch with the today show and my dogs and my boyfriend.




Editor:   Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that you can always count on to inspire & motivate you?

Heather:  I do, and I love it so much I got it tattooed on my body last year!

“Happiness, not in another place but in this place, not for another hour but this hour”.

It’s a great reminder for me to live in the present moment as best I can. It’s so easy to want to snap photos and Instagram stories —I am certainly guilty of that!  Sometimes we miss the moment by trying to record it instead of simply being in it and experiencing it as it’s happening to you. I want to be better at this. 




Editor:   We all have that special something inside of us that sets us apart & make us unique.  What’s your “special sauce”?

Heather:  I like that I take the time to listen and try to see both sides of every story and see where people are coming from not necessarily rush to judgment or any harsh conclusions without trying to get the full story. Hopefully, that’s a quality.  I like to think that it is.




Editor:   Encountering roadblocks in life that come between us and our goals is inevitable, & it’s important to push through these roadblocks, but that’s easier said than done.  What are some roadblocks that you’ve encountered along the way, & how did you push through them?

Heather:  It’s often hard for me to come to terms with it because I’m a major people pleaser, but it is just not realistic or possible to make everybody happy.  So sometimes a major roadblock for me is stepping into my own power and knowing the difference between being defensive, and standing up for myself. For speaking up when things aren’t right as opposed to being too scared to ruffle any feathers. You simply cannot please everyone and you will make yourself crazy trying.  This is something that comes up for me over and over again because I don’t like conflict and I don’t like to cause drama or to hurt anybody. Learning to work through those moments is something that will always be a work in progress for me.




Editor:   What is your personal motto, or strategy, for staying strong, positive & fearless?

Heather:  “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness”.




Editor:   Growing up, who was someone who truly inspired you, & why?

Heather:  Both of my parents, and for different reasons. They worked hard and were greatly challenged in life, love, and loss. They created a wonderful life and childhood for my siblings and I throughout everything and I couldn’t be more grateful.




Editor:   In order to grow, physically, mentally, & spiritually, it’s often necessary to leave our comfort zone.  What does the area outside of your comfort zone look like?

Heather:  Well, it is always scary but if I look hard enough, it is equal parts exciting as well. I think I know I am ready for major changes when the risk of staying stagnant is greater than the risk of growth. I often make big decisions when deep down I know I would regret not taking the chance on something tugging at my heart.




Editor:   It’s easy to find oneself stuck in a rut, doing the same activities, seeing the same faces, day in & day out. How do you keep things fresh & ensure that you’re continuously growing & evolving?

Heather:  I have always said that I am not cut out for a 9-5 lifestyle. So I have a few different jobs and activities that break up my week and allow me to create space for what I really enjoy. Therefore, no two days are the same for me-ever! I teach my fitness classes, make sure all my Handstand responsibilities are done, audition for acting gigs, work part-time at a sports bar, and make time for my friends and dogs. That being said, it still easy to do the same sorts of things day in and day out and not take the extra time to learn more. I want to expand my pilates knowledge and take on more responsibilities for the Handstand crew. I would love to find ways to hustle harder and be more creative when it comes to my first passion/love/challenge—performing.




Editor:   If there’s one piece of advice you could give to your younger self, what would it be?

Heather:  Trust the process




Editor:   Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Heather:  Not sure where geographically—but I would love to be married with a baby here or on the way. Which feels crazy to even write down because HELLO MAJOR LIFE CHANGES!! But I think I am more ready than I have ever been for those next steps.




Editor:   What is your greatest weakness & how do you keep it in check?

Heather:  I might have to take it back to the people pleasing thing. I keep it in check by knowing that there is only so much I can do before sacrificing my own values. When those start to be compromised—Houston we have a problem. Chatting with a trusted friend or my therapist helps me keep this in check for sure.




Editor:   If you had a spirit animal, what would it be, & why?

Heather:  A horse I think. I have always been drawn to them and used to ride quite a bit when I was younger. They are powerful and strong, but they enjoy a good rest from time to time 😉




Editor:   If there was a fire & you only had time to grab 3 things (outside of humans & pets) what would those 3 items be, & why?

Heather:  My dogs my dogs my dogs. Oh BESIDESSSSS humans/pets got it. Hmmmm. My wallet, my phone, hair products? God, I sound shallow and awful. My wallet carries sentimental items so—I’m not that terrible!




Editor:   Handstand has amazing partnerships with key industry leaders, including Reebok & Bose – What is your favorite piece of Reebok gear?

Heather:  I lovvvvvve the classic Reebok sneakers!




Editor:   Do you have any 2018 Resolutions?

Heather:  I guess the first thing that comes to mind for me is to live my life out loud. That doesn’t necessarily mean in a showy/shout it from the mountain tops type away, but to be proud of what I am doing and on of the journey that I’m on, and not be ashamed of it because I have come along way. I also want to keep my insecurities in check because they can really manifest in a tricky way. Happiness and validation and all that jazz really does come from within and my goal is to be kinder to myself and rediscover some wavering confidence and love for myself.  In turn, I am confident that will only make me a better daughter, sister, partner, friend.




Editor:   What does true success mean for you personally?

Heather:  We are all chasing something, and I think in a lot of ways that is a good thing. Set goals, then crush them. I want to be better at enjoying the journey and remembering that sometimes “success” is just having the guts enough to try in the first place.




Editor:   Thank you Heather for taking the time to speak with us!  If you have one last word of advice or tips that you would like to leave with our readers, the floor is yours…

Heather:  This too shall pass. Sounds more ominous than I mean it to, but for anyone going through a tough time, keep your head up and remember nothing is permanent and happiness is only a state of mind. You probably already have everything you need and everything else is just a sweet cherry to an already delicious sundae. Gonna go find some dessert now!!! Xoxoxo.







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Handstand Sr. Editor - Mary
Hi Handstand Family! I'm excited to be here as a fitness, yoga, & writing resource for all of you! I teach yoga here in Los Angeles, & I'm so grateful to serve as Editor of Handstand's incredible blog. Feel free to reach out with any inquiries. Namaste! Mary

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